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Episode 20: Exclusive Interview w/ Dr. Dan Erickson Under Attack for Questioning Coronavirus Mortality Rate

Just one day after YouTube removed video from his new conference, Dr. Dan Erickson speaks one on one with Ben Swann about the news conference in which he shared data about the actual mortality rate of the coronavirus. Since then, a number of baseless attacks have come against Erickson, including the claim that he incorrectly gathered data.

Doctor: Feds Pressuring Physicians To Ask About Guns

A recent article from Dr. Mark Kestner, a columnist for the Murfreesboro Post, shed light on a new strategy that is being used by the United States government to keep tabs on whether Americans keep loaded firearms in their homes.

If you have not been asked by your primary care doctor about whether you keep guns in your home, you soon will be,” Kestner wrote.

Kestner noted that the common question patients will be presented with is, “Do you keep loaded firearms in your home?” The answers patients give will be recorded in their health records at their doctor’s office, as part of the “Electronic Health Records initiative,” led by the federal government.

In addition to questions about loaded firearms, Kestner said that patients would also be asked questions related to domestic abuse, such as, “Do you have reason to be afraid that your spouse may physically harm you?

Kestner explained that these questions are part of the provisions for the Affordable Care Act, and that while they are mandated by the federal government, patients “are not compelled by law to respond.”

“While it may appear that your doctor has suddenly taken a special interest in many more aspects of your life than they did previously,” wrote Kestner. “The truth is that the federal government is mandating that your doctor retrieve the information from their patients.”

Kestner reported that the shift doctors are required to make in the way they record patients’ health records leads to the records being formatted electronically “in a certain way to make the information universally accessible” to government entities.

Kestner claimed that while Florida has fought back by enacting a law that “forbids a doctor from talking to their patients about guns,” states like North Carolina require individuals seeking concealed carry permits to obtain certification from a physician stating that they are mentally and physically health enough to safely operate a handgun. According to Kestner, a recent survey found that “two thirds of doctors agreed that they are not adequately equipped by their training to determine how well a person is qualified to obtain a permit allowing concealed carry.”

The federal Medicare program is structured in such a way that physicians had little choice but to comply with the program,” wrote Kestner, who explained that if physicians complied with the program, they were “rewarded with a financial incentive of several thousand dollars,” and if they failed to present the data, they would be “penalized by a certain percentage of Medicare payments going forward.”

In essence, the feds are using their control of Medicare reimbursement to manipulate how your physician handles your personal health information,” wrote Kestner. “Some people see this as a responsible effort on the part of the federal government to reduce the number of accidental and intentional tragedies that involve guns. Others see it as an overreach into the privacy of patients in an attempt to find a way to work around rights afforded by the 2nd amendment.

DEA Threatens Massachusetts Doctors Involved with Medical Marijuana

Recently, the attention of Congress was drawn to the issue of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s involvement in the Massachusetts medical field. While Federal law forbids any use of marijuana, Massachusetts is one of 22 states that allow the drug for medical use.

According to US Representative, and California Republican, Dana Rohrabacher, the DEA’s attempt to remove Massachusetts doctors from the medical marijuana business was generating an “atmosphere of fear among physicians.”

In fact, the DEA issued an ultimatum to Massachusetts doctors, regarding medical marijuana. This ultimatum stated that the doctors must break all connections with marijuana companies, or else they would lose their federal licenses to prescribe other medication.

Dr. Samuel Mazza, the chief executive of Debilitating Medical Conditions Treatment Centers, received a visit from a DEA investigator, shortly after state regulators announced the first 20 applicants approved for provisional licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries.

Mazza told the Boston Globe that he was confronted by DEA investigator, Gregory Kelly, who said, “Here are your options, you either give up your license or give up your position on the board…or you challenge it in court.”

A measure was approved by the US House last month, which would prohibit the DEA from using its funding to interfere with state medical marijuana laws. Rep. Rohrabacher, who sponsored the amendment, said, “What they are doing, obviously, is not only suppressing doctors, but wasting resourcesIf they want to fight crime, let’s use those resources to hire police to come and do more patrols in neighborhoods where there is high crime.”

Another US Representative, and a cosponsor of Rohrabacher’s amendment, is Tennessee Democrat, Steve Cohen. Cohen called the DEA’s actions “heavy-handed” and said that encouraging doctors to be involved with medical marijuana dispensaries like they should be, the agency was “trying to run people off.”

The number of Massachusetts physicians given an ultimatum by the DEA is increasing daily. According to the Boston Globe, “The DEA is targeting doctors who are listed as part of the management or board of directors of proposed marijuana dispensaries. These doctors, under state rules, would not be allowed to recommend marijuana for their patients.

Out of the nine Congressmen in Massachusetts who voted, only two voted against the Rohrabacher measure to stop federal interference with state medical marijuana laws.

One Representative in support, Michael Capuano, said he voted for the amendment, because he does not expect the DEA to stop its current actions “without a clear directive from Congress.”

Obamacare Forces Its Way Into Your Private Sex Life

“Pro-choicers” often hold signs at rallies that say things like, “Stay Out Of My Uterus.” Now conservatives might be sporting similar signs to protest Obamacare.

Under Obamacare, all doctors – from dermatologists, to podiatrists, to neurologists – will be asking very personal questions about your sex life. Questions like, “Are you sexually active?”, “With whom?” and “How many sexual partners do you have?”

Doctors will be financially punished if they fail to ask such questions.

Here is how it will work: under Obamacare, all doctors who do not use electronic methods by 2015 will face heavy fines from Medicare and Medicaid.

In those records, the government has mandated that doctors include details pertaining to patients’ sex life.

Some doctors say the regulations could harm the patient-doctor relationship. Dr. Richard Amerling, a nephrologist and professor at Albert Einstein Medical College, said the requirements make your medical record “into an interrogation, and the data will not be confidential.”

The New York Civil Liberties Union is concerned about privacy (or lack thereof). In a 2012 report, the group pointed out that almost all information on a patient’s medical record can be found with one click of a mouse.

As Betsy McCaughey of the New York Post argued that should be assertive and defend their personal privacy. She wrote, “WikiLeaker Bradley Manning showed how incompetent the government is at keeping its own secrets; incidents where various agencies accidentally disclose personal data like Social Security numbers are legion. And that’s not to mention the ways in which commercial databases are prone to hacking and/or exploitation.”

In the 1980s and 1990s, women’s rights activists vehemently protested the federal government’s ability to access a woman’s health records.

Ironically, women’s rights groups have not made a peep about the intrusive Obamacare mandates.

Obamacare is arguably an intrusive vehicle for the federal government to push its way into our private business and bodies.

Are you concerned? Let us know your thoughts below.

Exclusive: National Physician Association Rallies To Defund Obamacare

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The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is asking physicians and patients to sign petitions to Congress to defund the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), called “ObamaCare.”  Former Congressman Dr. Ron Paul (since 1970) and US Senator Rand Paul (who hand writes his dues check every year) are notable members of AAPS. 

“The clock is set to destroy American medicine and the American economy. It’s not too late to avert this disaster by immediately defunding and delaying implementation of ObamaCare,” says AAPS.

The Petition of Physicians reads: 

“My job, duty, and mission is to care for my patients, and Obamacare, the

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, makes it impossible to fully

fulfill my obligations. Therefore, as a medical professional I support the full repeal of

Obamacare, and I oppose any bill or budget resolution that provides

funding to implement or enforce any part of it.”

The petition for patients reads:

“I rely on the patient physician relationship to serve my best interests, but

Obamacare, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, forces the

physician-government relationship to be placed ahead of me in the exam

room. Therefore, as a patient reliant on good medical decision making and a

responsive medical market I support the full repeal of Obamacare, and I

oppose any bill or budget resolution that provides funding to implement or

enforce any part of it.”

Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of AAPS since 1989, tells us in our exclusive interview ,”We will send this petition off to members of the House of Representatives in an attempt to influence republicans to vote with their constituents and defund Obamacare.”

Currently Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) doesn’t feel that the vote to defund Obamacare will sway in their favor. “Right now, we don’t have the votes. We don’t have the votes in the House. We don’t have the votes in the Senate,” says Cruz.

“I think it’s extremely important for patients and doctors to understand what Obamacare means to the relationship they enjoy with one another. They need to understand what Obamacare means to American medicine. Patients and doctors must seek a way to decouple themselves from this train-wreck,” says Dr. Orient. Since yesterday, more than 400 patients and 310 physicians have signed the petition.

 

Dr. Orient joined the AAPS in 1983. She specializes in general internal medicine. The AAPS is a national organization representing physicians in all specialties, founded in 1943 to preserve private medicine and the patient-physician relationship. 

As Obamacare Deadline Looms, Doctors are Opting for “Cash Only” Clinics

Physicians across the country are attending seminars that teach doctors how to start their own direct primary care practices. Direct primary care practices take no health insurance, only cash. In a recent survey conducted by the DPMA Foundation, 2 out of 3 doctors say they are “just squeaking by or in the red,” and 83% say they are “thinking about quitting the business.” With the looming threat of Obamacare, many doctors are planning to ditch the traditional business model for a more simple and straightforward one.

Dr. Jerome Aya-Ay from Palmetto Proactive healthcare in South Carolina uses the “Direct primary care,” model which is successful because it eliminates the bureaucratic hassle of insurance and lowers prices for the consumer.

Dr. Jerome Aya-Ay charges his patients via a price list similar to a restaurant menu. He also charges a monthly fee of $60 for routine services which most doctors cannot do. Listen to the interview below.

Chiropractors have been using the cash only business model for many years and are experiencing great success. Dr. Scott Baker, owner of Upper Cervical of Spartanburg, S.C. said, “We started to go 100% cash in May 2012 and are experiencing great success, now we are moving into a state of the art facility 3 times bigger than our current venue, and we will be hiring a new doctor.” Dr. Scott said he is creating a patient-driven practice. His new clinic will have a “health-spa feel” with digital touch screens for patient check-ins, flat screens TVs, and a paperless office so he can have more time to focus on his patients.

The Heritage Foundation’s Ed Haislmaier said, “I think we are going to see primary care doctors increasingly moving to a cash-only arrangement, where they opt out of insurance rules.” The simple truth is that doctors want to get off the insurance grid not only because of the risky regulations and economic factors, but because they want better relationships with their patients.

Dr. Tom Kendall of Greenville, S.C., a practicing physician and the president of the Association of American Surgeons and Physicians said, “Obamacare is not about healthcare, it’s about control. Obamacare puts the relationship of the patient and physician under the jurisdiction of the government. This means more government control and less patient choice. Under Obamacare, healthcare will be rationed, healthcare costs will increase, and bureaucrats will decide medical treatments instead of the physician and patient.”

Upstate doctors who are moving to a direct primary care are creating win-win solutions for medical professionals and their patients. It would be a move from a bureaucracy-driven model which is enamored with red tape and creates a wedge between the doctor and patient, to a patient-driven model with no insurance interference, less government intrusions, and no wasted time dealing with paperwork. It is a model that will create lower fees for patients and will allow doctors to foster better relationships with patients. The real solution to healthcare is to give patients more control over their health care dollars, and unchain doctors from the shackles of government control and regulations.